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The role of global citizens in today’s world, as highlighted by Ehigie (2021), is of utmost importance. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, it is crucial for individuals to recognize their global responsibilities and actively engage in addressing global challenges. Global citizens possess a deep understanding of diverse cultures, empathy towards global issues, and a commitment to promoting sustainable development.
Development Education plays a vital role in fostering global citizenship. It equips individuals with knowledge about global challenges such as poverty, inequality, and climate change, while also promoting critical thinking, empathy, and a sense of collective action. By integrating development education into my teaching, I would strive to create a classroom environment that encourages dialogue, reflection, and active engagement with global issues. This could involve incorporating case studies, guest speakers, and interactive activities that promote cross-cultural understanding and empathy.
To encourage colleagues to plan development education activities throughout the school, I would emphasize the interconnectedness of global issues and the importance of fostering a sense of global citizenship in our students. I would propose collaborative projects, workshops, and awareness campaigns that highlight the relevance of global issues to various subject areas. Additionally, I would emphasize the potential impact of development education on students’ personal growth, critical thinking skills, and ability to contribute meaningfully to a globalized world. By fostering a culture of global citizenship within the school, we can empower students to become active agents of positive change on both local and global scales.